Gluten-related disorder. Sick? Tired? Grumpy? – presentation Dr Rodney Ford

Dr Rodney Ford is giving 6 presentations this year. 2014 He will be launching his newest book. "Gluten related disorder. Sick? Tired? Grumpy?" Is gluten worth the risk? 1) Marin GIG Group. "Gluten related disorder. Sick? Tired? Grumpy?" Tuesday September 30th – 7-9pm Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 2) Tri-Valley GIG Group. The Food Sensitivity Summit Gluten Intolerance Group of … [Read more...]

Grain-free: is it a step too far?

Increasing numbers of people are adopting a grain-free lifestyle.   The Paleolithic diet (Paleo/ caveman/ stone age) is promoted by many as the diet that has given them the most health benefit. The idea is to replicate the diet eaten by our ancestors, before the dawn of the agriculture era, over 10,000 years ago.  The claim is that after millions of years of evolution on this diet, our bodies are still best adapted to these foods. Consequently, … [Read more...]

Endoscopy costs huge

Endoscopy costs too much to be sustained as the diagnostic test for celiac Endoscopy is an expensive medical procedure done to diagnose [or more usually confirm] the presence of the intestinal damage of celiac disease - and celiac disease is in turn defined by endoscopy (the diagnostic procedure). This is inter-dependence on each other is what's known as a tautology. In other words, you cannot officially have celiac disease without endoscopic … [Read more...]

Gastric reflux and bad behaviour

Did you know that gastro-esophageal reflux disease can present as a behaviour disturbance? Misconstrued as naughty. To explain, I'd like to tell you about a boy called Andrew. He first came to see me in my clinic when he was just 3 months old: he was screaming, distressed, regurgitating, vomiting, and waking hourly during the night, crying. He had classic gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GORD, or GERD) which was successfully treated with acid … [Read more...]

Gluten Summit deal – amazing value

As you probably know, I’ve been listening to The Gluten Summit this week just like so many of you. Are you as amazed as I am?!  Over 100,000 people registered! 29 researchers, clinicians, nutritionists and other opinion leaders all gave their time to this unique event—and shared some of the most incredible things I have EVER heard.  How does the world not know this stuff yet? Dr. Alessio Fasano said, “The gut is not like Las Vegas, what … [Read more...]

Serious flaw in Joint BSPGHAN and Coeliac UK Guidelines

It is my opinion that gastroenterology groups who developed diagnostic guidelines for celiac disease have forgotten that they are dealing with very real people who have significant illness.   They seem to have forgotten about the suffering of the children, the anguish of their parents, and the potential serious health implications of late diagnosis.  This is a serious flaw.  I believe that attention should be focussed on early diagnosis, not … [Read more...]

Celiac disease language – please change it

I have been thinking about what I say to my patients. As you know, I see a lot of children and their parents who have celiac disease. However, when these people have been on a strict gluten-free diet, their celiac disease should have got completely better, and therefore they should not be called "diseased" any longer. So when I see healthy children in my clinic, who have previously been diagnosed with celiac disease,I do not see them as … [Read more...]

How common is celiac disease?

 Linda asks: "What do you think the "true" statistics are for celiac? I know in Canada they say 1 in 10." Thanks for the question, the answer is complex (as are most discussions concerning gluten!).  I have just looked up my old "Nelson" textbook of pediatrics which was written in 1975, that's nearly 40 years ago. There are just 2 pages devoted to celiac disease, with an estimate of celiac disease of occurring in 1-in-300 people in England and … [Read more...]

Gluten can disrupt growth hormone

Many research studies show that gluten interferers with hormones. Gluten has been demonstrated to mount autoimmune reaction against the pituitary gland in the brain (your pituitary gland is responsible for the production of a number of hormones, including Growth Hormone. This autoimmune attack might cause a significant reduction in growth hormone that is crucial for proper growth in children. This is a very important finding. The take home … [Read more...]

Who is speaking at the Gluten Summit?

Who is speaking at the Gluten Summit? I am honored to be part of this major event. Learn all about gluten related disorders and gluten harm.  Who should adopt a gluten free diet?  Should you?  Find out.    It is a "virtual" summit - online for everyone, at no charge.  But you do have to register.  The hope is that this information will be a catalyst, or tipping point, for the widespread understanding of gluten-related … [Read more...]